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Prospect Watch: Lorenzo Cain   Leave a comment

Prospect Watch Lorenzo CainLorenzo Cain is currently playing for the Omaha Storm Chasers but could be in the big leagues any time now. Cain was acquired in the Zack Greinke deal with the Brewers and at that time Milwaukee had him playing in the majors. The Brewers let Cain log some major league service time but so far through over 3/4 of the season the Kansas City Royals have kept him in AAA Omaha. He has performed well too. He is hitting .304 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI in 115 games. It is always dangerous to compare AAA numbers to MLB numbers but it is safe to say that the Royals would be very happy with that production. In fact: those numbers are eerily similar to the Royals current center fielders numbers. Melky Cabrera is batting .303 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI in 124 games.

Cain was dealt a blow when the Royals signed Melky Cabrera in the off-season then promised him the starting center field job. Cain was dealt another blow last week when the Royals extended Jeff Francoeur’s contract. That means the Royals current outfield of Gordon-Cabrera-Francoeur is in place and Cain may be the odd man out yet again next year. This leaves Cain in a similar situation as Clint Robinson in Omaha; not much left to prove and no place to go.

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Prospect Watch: Tim Melville – Wilmington Blue Rocks   3 comments

Prospect Watch Tim MelvilleThis is an original design I did to use exclusively on Royals minor league players. My plan is to familiarize myself with prospects in the Royals minor league system by posted one of these “Prospect Watch” cardsΒ  of them and doing a quick blurb about them as well. To choose Tim Melville, I just looked at the Blue Rocks roster to decide and simply picked a name I had heard of.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks are a high single A affiliate for the Royals so the players they have still have a couple more steps before making it to the big leagues. Melville appears to have his hands full at that level this year though. He has posted a 4.56 ERA so far with a record of 8-8 in 24 games. He has tossed just over 100 innings and has struck out 83 with a WHIP of 1.56.

As I will always reccommend; if you want to know more about Royals prospects, head over to The Pine Tar Press. It is a great site featuring prospects from all levels and the amount of knowlege about them on that site is amazing.